2021-2022 Recipient of the Vivian Leitner Global South LL.M. Scholarship Profile

The Leitner Center is pleased to introduce 2021-22 recipient of the Vivian Leitner LLM Scholarship: Chukwuemeka Obinna Ginikanwa. He joined us in January from Nigeria. Chukwuemeka has rich experience in the vain of human rights advocacy and has focused on advocating for and securing the constitutional right to liberty for youths who were unlawfully detained within the Nigerian criminal justice system. Chukwuemeka has also worked closely with victims of police abuse. He has been involved in a unique case of protection of child rights and gender-inspired injustice. Chukwuemeka has also dedicated time to offer pro bono representation to indigent individuals in Nigerian criminal courts. We are excited to have him as a part of the Leitner Center and broader Fordham Law School community.

Chukwuemeka ‘s prior experience includes serving as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He was in the dispute resolution practice in a law firm in Lagos, Nigeria for well over three years. While he litigated cases representing corporate clients and commercial interests, Chukwuemeka also dedicated time to offer pro bono representation to indigent individuals in Nigerian criminal courts.

Chukwuemeka holds an LLB from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Nigerian Law School. As a student, he held diverse positions and served as a volunteer for organizations
involved in advocacy for the rights of persons and particularly, prisoners in Enugu State, Nigeria.

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